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01/26/16 05:23 PM #3959    


Tracy Bishop

Love seeing your smiling face Lynn!  Keeping positive thoughts and prayers for you! 

01/27/16 09:00 AM #3960    


Beth Beers (Christie)

Lynn made it through surgery with flying colors! Margins clear - no metastes in the lymph nodes. Home the next day. I believe she will however still have two more courses of chemotherapy to complete:( 

01/27/16 09:04 AM #3961    


Beth Beers (Christie)

Stoopid device (or operator?) wont let me post new pics. 

01/27/16 10:36 AM #3962    


Tracy Reed

Beth --

Thank you so much for the updates on Lynn.  I hope she is feeling the surge of support from the mighty Class of '74!

01/27/16 11:48 AM #3963    


Jim Lanier

So far, so good! Thanks, Beth!

01/27/16 01:19 PM #3964    


Betsy Jenkins (Hasegawa)

Snow out here slowing down the mail...Lynn you look beautiful, haven't changed a bit. Peace and love to you.

01/28/16 01:07 PM #3965    

Rex Dillman

know how it is glad surgury went ok. just hope rest of treatments and x ups go as well. i will be down to 2 xups a year after this . be glad it happened now while the treatments and drugs work faster and better. later rex

03/22/16 01:53 PM #3966    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)

For Myriam Burgelman, an exchange student at NHS in 1973-74, from Brussels....


Dear Myriam, Praying for your safety ...and that of your family today, as we learn about the terror in Bruges. 

04/29/16 10:25 AM #3967    


Tom Houseman

Terry Powell, of Niles

Published 9:19am Friday, April 29, 2016

June 7, 1956 — April 26, 2016

Terrill Alan “Terry” Powell, 59, of Niles, Michigan died unexpectedly at 10:16 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Lakeland Hospital — Niles.

Terry Powell, of Niles
Terry Powell, of Niles

He was born on June 7, 1956 in Niles to Ralph L. and Mary L. (Ball) Powell. He was graduated from Niles High School in 1974, and earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (East Lansing). He has lived in Niles most of his life, and was employed for many years at Powell Tool Supply. He had also served in the security offices of Marriott hotels, and was retired from Gene Michael Productions.

As a young man, Terry was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, and had earned the ultimate rank of Eagle Scout. He enjoyed bicycle riding, eventually becoming a successful racer and challenger for a position in USA Cycling to race on the world stage at the Olympics. He also enjoyed jazz music, was a proficient trumpet player, performed at area live gigs, and was a studio musician — often at GMP — for video and movie scores and other background music. Wherever he was, and whomever he was with will remember his great sense of humor.

He was formerly married to Tera Jamesen.

Surviving family includes his mother, Mary Powell and a sister, Janice Powell, both of Niles; Jan’s children, Ryan Wozniak, Shawn Wozniak, and G. Patrick Lutin; and a great-niece and nephew, Gabe and Aylivia.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be scheduled at a later date, and will be announced to the public. Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

Contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or to the La Salle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Arrangements were made at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.

04/29/16 12:27 PM #3968    


Rex Carpenter

Terry was a friend in JR. high & you would always see him carrying that brief case where ever he went because he was such a serious student. He was a good friend & a great help with the last reunion. Terry will be missed in many ways, mostly amoung his friends. Rest in Peace my friend & let GOD comfort you from now on. 

04/30/16 04:08 PM #3969    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)

I am startled to see Terry's obituary.

I remember him as part of the 'Regent Street Gang'....

He not only carried his brief case, but the trumpet case as well. I remember how proud he was to attain Eagle Scout status, as well.  

My deepest sympathy to his family.


04/30/16 11:13 PM #3970    

Jim Jarman

Rest in Peace Terry

05/02/16 11:09 AM #3971    


Betsy Jenkins (Hasegawa)

Terry was a friend in marching band and a great contributor to the mighty trumpet section. May he and family be at peace

05/06/16 10:24 AM #3972    


Steve Myers

Terry was one of a kind.  We were friends through scouting, band (both played trumpet) and our love of bicycling.  He organized the bicycling merit badge program for our scout troop in 71 or 72 and we rode 100’s of miles around Niles and Buchanan.  The summer before our senior year, we were joined by Bill Camp (another trumpet player, class of 75), as we biked around Lake Michigan.  We left Niles and headed north with all our gear loaded on our bikes.  Our goal was to stay as close to the lake as the roads would allow.  Terry brought a pack load of county maps from AAA that we used to chart our route.  When we got to Mackinaw City we took the boat to the island, then over to Saint Ignace after spending the night on Mackinaw Island. From there we rode through the UP and into Wisconsin.  We stopped at Green Bay and took the ferry boat back.  An adventure that I am sure none of us ever forgot. 

It is hard to believe that he is gone so young.

05/07/16 01:18 PM #3973    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)

For those in the Niles area--or willing to travel....


On Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m., an outstanding organ and choir program will be presented at First Presbyterian Church of Niles.  The guest organist will be Dr. Sharon Simons Hettinger of Lawrence, Kansas, who is originally from Niles.  Walter Ginter will conduct the choir accompanied by Sarai St. Jayne at the organ.  Also featured will be Carol Stauffer Bosler, flutist. The public is cordially invited to this free event.

05/07/16 01:18 PM #3974    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)

For those in the Niles area--or willing to travel....


On Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m., an outstanding organ and choir program will be presented at First Presbyterian Church of Niles.  The guest organist will be Dr. Sharon Simons Hettinger of Lawrence, Kansas, who is originally from Niles.  Walter Ginter will conduct the choir accompanied by Sarai St. Jayne at the organ.  Also featured will be Carol Stauffer Bosler, flutist. The public is cordially invited to this free event.

05/09/16 07:43 PM #3975    


Anne Rigby (Haley)

Hello all!  I just found out that Niles is in the running for "Top Ten Best Small Towns".  Surprised me too, but if you go to Budget Travel you can vote once a day.  What does Niles have?  Artisinal chocolate and great architecture and a superb river walk park.  Guess I need to visit again soon!

05/10/16 06:20 AM #3976    


Tim Newsted

Hastings, where I live, is not in the top ten ... but we are ONE OF THE TOP 100 SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA.

05/10/16 05:00 PM #3977    


Rex Carpenter

Iwant to add that we in Niles have the best classic car cruise -in & car show that is weekly & has the the unique pleasure of being able to close down main street which inables us to have this weekly show right on our main street which by the way is free to all & we have an avg. of 175 cars plus around 1500 people that attend which helps the city raise the revenue to our merchants. I am proud to say I'm the person who is putting on this cruise-in & show to. Along with the possibity of the best small town , we have the best cruise-in & car show in the southwestern MI. area. 

05/11/16 04:03 PM #3978    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)

Greetings to my 1974 Classmates!


You Are Invited

to an 

Organ Recital


Sharon Simons Hettinger, organist

Carol Stauffer Bosler, flute

Sanctuary Choir

Walter Ginter, director

Sarai St. Jayne, accompanist

Sunday, 22 May 2016

4 p.m.



First Presbyterian Church

Niles, Michigan



I'd love to see you!


05/21/17 02:47 PM #3979    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)

I just learned that Dina Nieb Burch passed away.  Here is the obituary and information:


Dinah Burch(1955 - 2017)

Dinah Burch

Dec. 12, 1955 - May 19, 2017

EDWARDSBURG - Dinah Burch, 61, of Edwardsburg, Michigan passed away on Friday, May 19, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with her health. Her journey was long and she is finally at rest, walking the Streets of Gold.

She was born on December 12, 1955 to the late George and Nellie Nieb. She attended Niles High School and is still in contact with some of the friends she made there.

Her parents, George and Nellie Nieb and her grandparents, Howard and Rose Nieb preceded her in death.

On March 20, 1981, she married her husband, John.

She leaves behind her grieving husband, John Burch of Edwardsburg, daughter, Mindy (Brett) King of Granger, Indiana, two grandchildren, Madelyn and Bryce and her precious fur babies, Aspen and Teddy.

Dinah was one of the most kindhearted people with the sweetest smile. This served her well in her many years working as a receptionist for various dental offices. Her career began at Max Rusher's Dental Office in Niles, Michigan and ended at Princess City Dental Care in Mishawaka. She loved animals and she loved life. She enjoyed trips to the zoo with her granddaughter and looked forward to it every summer. She was generous and always made sure everyone else was taken care of before her. She carried this trait to the end. She was a quiet, very sweet woman by nature. She was always there to listen without judgment and her sweet laughter was contagious.

Services will be held at the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 West Main Street in Edwardsburg, Michigan. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-6 PM and the funeral will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 PM, led by Rev. Dr. Pat Somers. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Dowagiac, Michigan.

Any donations can be made to the St. Joe County Humane Society, 2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for all their love and support even though it was a brief time that they were together and to all of the friends who came to visit when Dinah needed them most. It truly meant a lot to everyone.

Arrangements are by the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg.

Funeral Home

Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home
26863 W. Main Street Edwardsburg, MI 49112
269 663-5345

Published in South Bend Tribune on May 21, 2017

05/21/17 03:38 PM #3980    


Rex Carpenter

Dinah was always smiling in school. Although I didn't keep in contact with her after school I will always remember her as a friend, Walk with GOD & rest in peace in the light of our savior.

07/08/17 01:48 PM #3981    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)


on Sunday 

16 July 2017

8 p.m.

Grand Valley State University -- ALLENDALE campus

A Carillon Concert

presented by

Sharon Simons Hettinger


The concert is outdoors, bring a blanket to sit on -- or walk around and enjoy the music from the carillon (the tall tower in the center of campus). 

I'd love to see you!

06/26/18 03:39 PM #3982    


Wendy Rehm (Comar)

Hi Class of '74---As we approach another reunion in 2019,  I'd like you to take a look at the Missing Classmates page and let me know if you have current contact information for anyone listed.  If you do, send it to me via Contact Us link and I will send them an invitation to join.  I would like to find as many of these folks as I can. 

Thanks.  Wendy (Rehm) Comar

01/19/19 11:59 AM #3983    


Karen McGregor (Bezemek)

CLASSMATES - all who are in or can be in Niles on Monday night, this coming Monday two days from now, lets meet up at Front Street Pizza 🍕 at 7:30PM. See you there! 

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